My name is Amy C. Collins and I’m a writer-editor specializing in narrative driven content for musicians, epicures and entities with like-minded philosophies.
I was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, with a Bachelors in English and minor in Photography. I lived for nearly a decade in New York City, a year in Buenos Aires, several years in Florence, Alabama, and recently relocated to New Orleans. I came late to writing, after nearly two decades of successful careers in the food and wine industries. Though I dip into the editorial journalism field, I’ve found tremendous purpose in helping my clients by creating excellent content that ultimately helps grow their businesses.
Food, wine, culinary-minded makers and music are my passions, and most projects I work on fall into one of those categories.
My wine expertise comes from years of study, including certification by the Sommelier Association of America and the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, plus over 15 years of industry experience in restaurant, retail and wholesale positions. I’ve maintained a wine and food blog called Pig&Vine since 2012 and wrote a wine column for The Shoals, Alabama, publication No’Ala magazine from 2013 through 2015. Though based in New Orleans, I maintain strong ties to Florence, where I run a monthly subscription wine club called The Vine Club in collaboration with The Carriage Wine and Market.
To wash down all that wine, comes an inherent love of food. I’ve worked in two and three-star restaurants in New York City, including Aquagrill, Aquavit and Blue Ribbon Bakery. I've written about food for various print publications and lifestyle company blogs, and am always on the lookout for the next tastiest thing.
The Shoals, Alabama, has recently caught the public’s attention for its booming music industry - a well-kept secret since the 1960s - thanks to the beautifully produced documentary Muscle Shoals. Seven years and a few months living in this unique enclave of the South has given me the opportunity to befriend a lot of musical legends and emerging talents alike. They’ve shared their struggles to create, be heard, tour, sell records and reach their fans in an authentic way.
Forever curious, I taught myself HTML and CSS in 2007 while spending a year abroad in Argentina. I’ve maintained a working knowledge in front end development and love making beautiful websites, including this one.
When not working with a client or writing about wine, I love to unwind with a movie or Netflix series, read essays and nonfiction or the occasional novel, try new restaurants, and explore this amazing city of New Orleans.